We are finding a bit of a rhythm. I haven't worked a five-day week since WAY before kids were born, which does not mean I wasn't busy, of course, especially during the thirteen straight years in which I carried a diaper bag. Nothing, and I do mean NOTHING compares to the fatigue of caring for a newborn and a couple of toddlers (and a couple of big kids, and...).
So yes, I'm tired, but hey, at least all my kids are potty-trained, can buckle their own seatbelts, and - in a pinch - a few of them can even make mac n' cheese. So I can't really complain, although I do feel much better after my 15-minute power nap once I get home.
I'm learning a lot, and I must say I love the hugs I get from my little charges wherever I go in town. That, and watching the little ones whisper shyly to their moms, "That's our new nurse!" Pretty cute.
Alrighty then, so how about some pics?
- Ruthie-5 is now a kindergartner. Bittersweet does not begin to describe how this feels. This year I have two at the elementary school with me, one at the middle school, and two (HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??) in high school. Yes, mornings are just a wee bit busy nowadays. (Dennis has always made lunches for the kids, and as you can see, he is quite the master.)
- But - fortunately - afternoons are still quite summer-like. So I hold onto my two little ones as if they were still little...sniff!
- Libby-11 and I had a very nice time on our Passport to Purity weekend. We laughed and talked and ate junk food and made memories. And it was yet another opportunity to show that I simply not possess this generation's ability to take a decent self-portrait.
- Allie-16 did get her license. Dennis took her to get it the next day, after the tears subsided from our dry run on her birthday. Every time I think of the
carpool time I will savememories these two (and Libby, who rides with them as far as the middle school) will make on the road every morning (especially with those rockin' zebra seat covers!), it makes me happy.
- My $50 landscape has been neglected this summer, but I did manage to get some Knockout roses on clearance in a few weeks ago (they are perking up from their scraggliness, once I finally got them in the ground!), and today I found my favorite nandinas (Gulf Stream) on sale for $6. I DO love a good plant bargain. It is coming along nicely since I cleared out this spot back in April. Most of the other plants I
Brief and occasional will be the order of the day. Good enough.
So how are you doing?